The Diary of Anne Frank
How we cite our quotes:
Sometimes I wonder if anyone will ever understand what I mean, if anyone will ever overlook my ingratitude and not worry about whether or not I’m Jewish and merely see me as a teenager badly in need of some good plain fun. (12/24/1943.3)
Anne’s youth is a more important identity marker than her race.
The war is going to go on despite our quarrels and our longing for freedom and fresh air [. . .] I’m preaching, but I also believe that if I live here much longer I’ll turn into a dried-up old beanstalk. And all I really want is to be an honest-to-goodness teenager! (1/15/1944.5-6)
Anne believes the war has made her grow old too quickly. She has lost her chance to be a young person, enjoying life.
Sis Heyester also writes that girls my age feel very insecure about themselves and are just beginning to discover that they’re individuals with their own ideas, thoughts and habits. I’d just turned thirteen when I came here, so I started thinking of myself and realized that I’ve become an "independent person" sooner than most other girls. (3/17/1944.5)
Anne believes that the natural mental and emotional patterns of growth for adolescents were sped up in her case as a result of living in a difficult situation.